Racial Stratification in the U.S. Economy
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NECO 3511
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Ethnicity & Race
  • Economics
  • Management & Business
This course critically examines the causes and consequences of racial disparities as well as possible remedies. Although it has been 150 years since the emancipation of Black Americans and about 40 years since the passage of civil rights and equal employment opportunity legislation, African-Americans still lag far behind whites in virtually every socioeconomic indicator. We explore the merits and limitations of various paradigms aimed at explaining these persistent disparities, especially stratification economics. In particular, we investigate racial disparities in socioeconomic indicators such as education, labor markets, and wealth. The course is divided into four parts: 1) an introduction to the biological and social construction of race and racial disparity; 2) conservative, liberal, and alternative paradigms that explain racial disparity; 3) an examination of racial disparity in education, labor markets, and wealth; and 4) policy proposals, such as affirmative action, reparations, and other measures intended to address racial disparities.
Course Open to: Degree Students